Steve West

Steve is a legal correspondent for WORLD. He is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, Wake Forest University School of Law, and N.C. State University. He worked for 34 years as a federal prosecutor and is now an attorney in private practice. Steve resides with his wife in Raleigh, N.C. Follow him on Twitter @slntplanet.

 

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Twilight for academic freedom?

First Amendment | UCLA suspends professor for denying student’s request for special treatment
by Steve West
Posted 6/23/20, 03:59 pm

Under what circumstances should a professor extend special grace to a student? One veteran professor found himself on the defense after giving what the school deemed the wrong answer to that question.

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After Bostock

Courts | Is the Supreme Court’s expansion of the Civil Rights Act a liberties setback or a liberties apocalypse?
by Steve West
Posted 6/19/20, 02:50 pm

Like some other pastors, David Howell is wrestling with the impact of Monday’s Supreme Court decision extending civil rights protections to gay and transgender persons. Howell, executive pastor of the multicampus Crossroads Fellowship in Raleigh, N.C., said that while his church supports fair treatment of all people in the workplace, he has concerns about “the right of churches to maintain a staff that aligns with moral and spiritual convictions.”

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When “sex” means more than sex

Religious Liberty | Supreme Court expands the definition of the word found in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
by Steve West
Posted 6/15/20, 08:14 pm

Christian bosses hoping for guidance from the U.S. Supreme Court in dealing with LGBT workers will have to wait. In a 6-3 ruling on Monday, the high court ruled that an employer who fires a worker for being gay or transgender violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination “on the basis of sex.” But the justices did not address what happens if an employer wants an exception to the rule because of his or her religious beliefs about marriage, sexuality, and gender.

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